The Veterans Program for Politics and Civic Engagement is a selective, rigorous and intense educational initiative. It is offered with the initial support of JPMorgan Chase & Co. through a collaborative effort by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. The program is tailored to meet the specific needs of veterans and military-connected individuals who have an interest in pursuing careers in politics. Instructors will include esteemed faculty from the Maxwell School — the nation’s #1-ranked graduate school in public affairs, veterans with first-hand experience running for office, and experts in the field.
This is not a theoretical program discussing politics and what-ifs, but an intensive training and preparedness bootcamp to get real results in the political world. You can even see a few of our past alumni and their election results after taking this program.
The program offers two sections: the practice section and the ideation section. You will be assigned to the section which we believe better serves your goals and interests as stated in your application. The ideation section are for veterans and military-connected who have an interest in exploring politics but are still in the very early stages. The practice section comes with campaign planning in the following breakdown.
- pre-immersion weekly online sessions
- on-campus sessions
- online immersion raining
- participant campaign plan presentation program summary
Watch the quick recap video below from the inaugural VPPCE class and make sure you apply now for the next one!